Georgia Tech

Looks like Shawn Davis will stay put as Georgia Tech’s place-kicker

Georgia Tech place-kicker Shawn Davis (88) and the Yellow Jackets will return to action Sept. 23 against Pittsburgh.
Georgia Tech place-kicker Shawn Davis (88) and the Yellow Jackets will return to action Sept. 23 against Pittsburgh. AP

It looks like Shawn Davis is going to keep the job as Georgia Tech’s place-kicker despite his inconsistent performance through the first two games.

The sophomore from McDonough missed two field goals in the opener against Tennessee and missed an extra point against Jacksonville State. But he continues to win the job in practice over highly regarded freshman Brenton King and most will likely retain the job.

Georgia Tech’s game against Central Florida has been canceled, and the Yellow Jackets will return to the field Sept. 23 against Pittsburgh.

“He’s made almost every kick in practice, and he did in fall camp,” Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said. “We went back and competed again all week with the kicking thing, and he won the job because he makes the kicks.”

Davis made a 34-yard field goal to open the scoring for Georgia Tech against Jacksonville State. He made a 40-yarder with 10:15 left in the third quarter, but that one came off the board when Jacksonville State was flagged for roughing the kicker. Georgia Tech then scored a touchdown and eat up two more minutes of clock. But Davis followed that by missing the extra point.

“I’m happy for him to get the first; then he made the one where they ran into him,” Johnson said. “I’m disappointed we missed an extra point, but thought he did better on kickoffs.”

Davis kicked off seven times against Jacksonville State and four went for touchbacks. Jacksonville State returned two kicks for an average of 8.6 yards. Another kickoff went out of bounds and allowed the Gamecocks to start at the 35-yard line

A week earlier, Davis kicked off five times and only one was a touchback. Tennessee averaged 27.2 yards on four returns.

The kick return area continues to need improvement. Punt returner Brad Stewart has returned five for 12 yards, a 2.4 yard average. The Yellow Jackets use J.J. Green as the deep man on kickoffs, and he averaged 15 yards on two returns against the Volunteers but didn’t get a chance last week because Jacksonville State kicked short both times.

“Our return game is still a work in progress, both kickoffs and punts,” Johnson said.

True freshman report

Nine true freshmen played in Saturday’s win over Jacksonville State. The most notable was B-back Jerry Howard, who didn’t play until the third quarter and ran for 65-yard touchdown on his second carry. Howard led the team with 82 yards.

Other true freshmen who played against the Gamecocks were quarterback Lucas Johnson, offensive lineman Blake Bradfield, defensive lineman Antwan Owens, linebackers Bruce Jordan-Swilling, Jaquan Henderson and T.D. Roof, defensive back Jaytlin Askew and punter Pressley Harvin III.

Roof had two sacks and Owens had one sack. Harvin, the starting punter, averaged 40 yards on three kicks.

Pastner to Capitol Hill

Georgia Tech basketball head coach Josh Pastner will join three other Division I coaches in a visit Washington on Sept. 12 to lobby on behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Pastner’s grandparents were cancer victims. “I’m proud to be associated with Coaches vs. Cancer and always want to help their efforts wherever I can. Federal government funding is very important toward ending this disease,” Pastner said.  

Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech

12:20 p.m., Sept. 23